BATON ROUGE - The LSU softball team will look to build on its two-game winning streak as Alcorn State, McNeese State and South Alabama visit the Capital City over the weekend for the Tiger Invitational at Tiger Park.
The Tigers (5-4) have won 27 of their previous 29 meetings versus this weekend's tournament field and make their 2012 television debut against South Alabama Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on CST. Lyn Rollins and retired LSU softball coach Yvette Girouard will call the action.
LSU concludes Saturday's action versus McNeese State [3 p.m.] followed by Sunday tilts against South Alabama [3 p.m.] and Alcorn State [5:30 p.m.].
During its five wins this season, LSU has outscored its opponents by a 40-0 margin highlighted by a trio of run-rule decisions over Louisiana Tech, Cal State Northridge and Utah State. The Tigers are batting .333 in their wins compared to a .180 ratio during their losses.
"The offense is definitely coming around, we are excited about them," head coach Beth Torina said. "They have really built some confidence over the last three games, and I hope that continues into the weekend. I think we have a weekend where we definitely have some tough opponents, and some people that are playing well."
From the top of the lineup, Ashley Applegate has gone 5-for-8 during her current three-game hitting streak. She also has scored a run in each of her last three outings.
Allison Falcon extended her career-long hitting streak to six games with a two-run single during the sixth inning against Southeastern Louisiana. For the season, Falcon has rolled to a team-leading .455 hitting clip and all 10 of her hits have coming during her record hit streak. The Donaldsonville native also has picked up RBIs in each of her last four outings.
Juliana Santos is expected to return to the starting lineup after sitting out the Southeastern Louisiana game. She has collected hits in six of her eight appearances en route to a .389 batting average. The Newman, Calif., product has notched five of her seven hits from the clean-up spot in the lineup.
Ashley Langoni has connected for both of LSU's home runs on the season. With her next longball, she will tie Stephanie Hill (2003-06) and Anissa Young (2009-11) for seventh place on LSU's all-time list. Five of Langoni's six hits on the season have produced runs.
Tammy Wray has pieced together a three-game hitting streak of her own after starting the season 0-for-10 at the plate. She tallied her first multi-hit effort of 2012 last time out against Southeastern Louisiana.
In the circle, Brittany Mack is coming off a three-hit shutout and added six strikeouts against Southeastern Louisiana. She is 2-3 with a 3.55 ERA.
Rachele Fico has won three of her four decisions with a blistering 0.58 ERA. She has been touched up for only two earned runs during her 24 innings of work. The Oxford, Conn., native has already tossed two one-hitters in 2012.
"Both Fico and Mack are doing well," Torina said. "Mack is coming around after she had a little bit of the flu last weekend. It also was nice to see some good things from Meghan Patterson. She had some solid innings of work and held Cal scoreless one time through the lineup."
Follow every pitch of the Tiger Invitational via live stats on www.LSUsports.net/livestats. Fans also can receive live in-game updates on LSU softball's social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball and @lsu_softball on Twitter.
LSU softball will be collecting new packs of pencils all weekend long at the fan zone on the concourse. The Tigers will donate the items gathered to USA Softball's Pencil Drive when the team travels to the Preview Tournament in early March.
The Tiger Park Ticket Booth will open 60 minutes prior the first game each day. Fans can purchase tickets on-site starting at $5 for adult general admission and $3 for youth ages 3-12. Season tickets are on-sale for $75 and additional ticket information is available at www.LSUtix.net.
Season ticket holders will have their tickets scanned upon entrance to Tiger Park. The LSU Athletics Ticket Office urges season ticket holders to be cautious when separating their bar-coded tickets. The barcode must be attached to the ticket when arriving at the gate. If the barcode detaches, season ticket holders must stop by the LSU Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics/Administration Building for a reprint of their tickets.